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Annual Conference

The 77th Arkansas Historical Association Annual Conference 2018 

April  19-21, 2018
Fort Smith, Arkansas


AHA Annual Conference Program (pdf)

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Bass Reeves statue in downtown Fort Smith.
Reeves was one of the first African Americans (possibly the first) to receive a commission as a Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi. Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism 


Welcome, Arkansas Historical Association members and friends, to Fort Smith.  The city is well known for its border and frontier history, so it seems logical to have those subjects as the centerpiece for the 2018 conference. We will explore physical frontiers and boundaries in the Fort Smith area, along with all manners of interaction and exchange among peoples, nations, and cultures within and around Arkansas.

The conference begins with a genealogy workshop led by Angela Walton Raji.

Genealogy Workshop with Angela Walton-Raji
Thursday, April 19, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Judge Parker Room, DoubleTree City Center, 700 Rogers Avenue
Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her genealogical and historical research on the Civil War west of the Mississippi, as well as her work with Oklahoma Native American records. Her book, Black Indian Genealogy Research, is the only publication of its kind focusing on freedmen on the Dawes Rolls (the records of people accepted between 1898 and 1914 by the Dawes Commission as members of the Cherokee,
Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes).

Ms. Walton-Raji will offer a two-part workshop. Session I, “Getting Started with Genealogy Research,” covers genealogy basics as well as resources for Arkansas research. Session II, “Arkansas/Oklahoma Genealogy Research,” will focus on resources pertaining to the Fort Smith area, including state censuses, Five Civilized Tribes records, and nineteenth-century military records.

The workshop is free for AHA members and $20 for non-members, who will be automatically enrolled as AHA members. Seating is limited; pre-registration is encouraged.